Edenfield progressing after making transition to WR

Published 9:30 pm Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Troy receiver K.D. Edenfield is making the transition from quarterback. (Photo/Troy University)

K.D. Edenfield wasn’t the first read on a second down and 10 play in the second quarter of last week’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette, but when the ball came his way, he made sure to capitalize on it.

Troy backup quarterback Deon Anthony found Edenfield near the Trojans’ sideline on a deep out route, which Anthony caught for a 12-yard gain and a first down.

“I just made sure I didn’t drop it,” Edenfield said with a small grin. “It felt good to get it out of the way so I could relax and concentrate a little better.”

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Edenfield, who starred as Charles Henderson’s quarterback from 2008-10 throwing for 2,900 yards and 29 touchdowns over his last two seasons, made the transition to wide receiver this off season and is settling in to his new role.

“It was a little challenging at first,” Edenfield said. “Just from getting the steps down and the routes. (Jonathan Chandler) works with receivers and he played quarterback before moving to receiver, so he’s helped a lot.”

K.D.’s father, Troy offensive coordinator Kenny Edenfield, says the work his son put in after spring practice is paying off.

“He’s a different player than he was in the spring,” Kenny said. “He had never played the position and was learning. I think he’s getting better and better, but he’s still young.”

The redshirt freshman caught another pass in the third quarter last week and finished the game with 20 yards receiving. Edenfield, a mobile player who rushed for 1,300 yards during his prep career, also plays on special teams for the Trojans.

K.D. said there has been no signs of favoritism and playing for his father for the first time has been an enjoyable experience.

“He treats me just like everyone else,” K.D. said. “I’m used to being around him at the house, so I know how he is (as a coach). It’s been fun.”